Birthday Weekend in Edinburgh!

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We had a (wee) bit of time between moving to Scotland and the beginning of Bobby’s course. He was studying his Anatomy review like a mad-man. Suddenly, my birthday appeared out of nowhere and we decided we might as well take advantage of some free time.

We took a 3 hour road trip to Edinburgh! Everything along the way was so beautiful. We kept looking out the window and saying “WOW” to everything we saw! The sun was shining brightly on the dotted hills, the charming little villages along the way and perfectly white, snowcapped mountains off in the distance.

The only downside to the road trip was I didn’t think to pack snacks in case there was construction traffic, which happened. So, our only hope for survival was McDonalds. I got a “grilled chicken wrap” that was basically a tortilla, floppy steamed chicken that I gave to Luther, a translucent pink tomato and some kind of sauce that was a combination of ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Thankfully, there was a side of fries. Nothing like eating fries on your way to doing more sitting! And then having fast food fingers for the remainder of the trip.

We arrived to our hotel which was right by the Ocean Terminal in Edinburgh. It was too late in the day to get started with touring the city (because it gets dark by 4pm in January). But first things first, visiting friends who live in Edinburgh! Our kind friends Jonathan & Rebecca invited us over for dinner and we had a great time catching up with them and eating incredible homemade food. They even made me a birthday cake (lemon & almond – the best combo EVER). We chatted until way past our bedtimes but it was a lovely night! We’re grateful to have friends who live in Scotland.

The next day was our day to sightsee and explore! And because we only had one day- we decided to do the Hop On/Hop Off tour to get a look at the city and to get a ride to the Royal Mile! I could probably write multiple posts to sum up this one trip, but I just decided to give you a photo gallery with some little bits of information to go along. Click on the photos to enlarge and read captions. Enjoy!

More adventures to come…


One thought on “Birthday Weekend in Edinburgh!

  1. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Steph!!!!
    So nice to see you all and read a bit about your life in Scotlandia. My Good Night-reading is the 44 Scotland Street series from Alexander McCall Smith, the stories take place in Edinburgh!
    Blue still stops by your door every time she walks by, she is not willing to give up on her boyfriend. Our floor is emptying out, but we are holding on to our cave until something on the sunny side becomes available; enough of this vampire life. Surely you have heard about our fun winter; we still can’t see our car, buried in the back! Blue is loving it, of course.
    Keep them coming!
    Hana, Mario and Blue (and Robert)


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